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Norway Northern Lights Cruise
November 7 - 17, 2014

Experience the Norway’s aurora oval as you cruise aboard the MS POLARLYS from Kirkenes to Bergen. Photograph the rainbow, colored curtains as they roll and wave across the dark, canvas sky overhead. During the day visit the picturesque waterfront villages and towns. The two nights pre-tour in Kirkenes will afford optional cultural and historical adventures including a King Crab feast and snowmobiling northern lights hunt. There is a one-night stay in Bergen, post-cruise, in the historic Bryggen waterfront. The cruise is highlighted with lectures by astronomer, Fred Espenak and northern lights photography expert, Dennis Mammana.

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Photo by Dennis Mammana onboard Norway Cruise February 2013

aurora from ship

Photo by Dennis Mammana onboard Norway Cruise February 2013

See more of Dennis Mammana's photos from the February 2013 Norway Cruise.

Click here to see a deck plan of the MS Polarlys

Bergen harbor

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Johanneskirken, Bergen

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Your Tour Includes:

  • Roundtrip air on SAS from San Francisco. Other gateways available.
  • All inter-Norway flights
  • 6-days aboard the MS Polarlys
  • Hotel Accommodations:
    • 1-night Gardermoen Hotel - Oslo
    • 2- nights Thon Hotel - Kirkenes
    • 1-night Thon Hotel - Bergen
  • Optional activities available
    • Russian Border tours
    • Snowmobiling
    • King Crab Feast
    • Cultural tours
  • Meals: Breakfasts daily, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Astronomical lectures
  • Nightly aurora watch on deck

Itinerary:
Friday/Saturday, November 7/8, 2014 • USA – Oslo, Norway
Depart for Norway with an overnight flight to Oslo. Upon arrival proceed to Customs and Immigrations and proceed to the Gardermoen Hotel for overnight.
Sunday, November 9, 2014 • Oslo – Kirkenes, Norway
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your short flight to Kirkenes.
Upon arrival at the Kirkenes Airport, you will transfer to the Thon Hotel for two nights. Kirkenes served as the main base for supplies to Murmansk front during WWII. Kirkenes is second to Malta experiencing air-raid alarms and attacks.
After check-in at the hotel, join your Tour Director for a walking tour of the village.   
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Monday, November 10, 2014 • Kirkenes
A day to explore the far north. Optional tours: King Crab Safari with a snowmobile ride to the Siberian Taiga forest in Pasvik, Cultural historical guided tour with lunch on fresh king crab.
Russian Border tour: Historical border crossing Norway-Russia. Visit the mining town of Bjornvatn.
Pasvik Valley and National Park Centre: Visit the Pasvik Valley, one of the last wilderness areas in Europe, known for its big brown bear population.
Northern Lights Snow Mobile Ride: You do not drive your own snowmobile but sit comfortably and warm on a sledge. Visit the cold and dark chasing the aurora. A light meal is served in a cozy hut at the end of the ride.
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Norway Map
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014 • Kirkenes – Vardo – Batsfjord – Berlevag
Transfer and board the ms Polarlys for your northern lights cruise to Bergen. Cross Varangerfjord, Norway’s only east-facing fjord and fabled bird-watching site, before arriving in Vardo. The ship calls at Batsfjord, which also boasts the remains of a Stone Age settlement, and Berlevag. Search for the lights tonight from the deck.   
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Nordic Lights
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014 • Kjollefjord - Honningsvag – Hammerfest – Tromso
An astronomical lecture on the northern lights this morning.
Call at Hammerfest, the world’s northernmost town of more than 5,000 people. Tonight be on deck in search of the green curtains of the aurora.
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Thursday, November 13, 2014 • Harstad – Sortland – Stokmarknes – Svolvaer – Stamsund
The archipelagos of Lofoten and Vesteralen have some of the most stunning scenery on this journey. The ship will negotiate the narrow Raftsund Strait leading into the breathtaking Trollfjord before arriving in Svolvaer and Stamsund. The ship heads east across Vestfjord toward Bodo.
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Trondheim Cathedral

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Friday, November 14, 2014 • Cross the Arctic Circle - Boda, Ornes – Rorvik
Enjoy spectacular winter scenery of the picturesque Helgeland coast with its myriad islets and steep granite walls. Cross the Arctic Circle and sail past the peaks of Seven Sisters as we enter the world of folklore and legend.
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Saturday, November 15, 2014 • Trondheim – Kristiansund – Molde
Explore the city of Trondheim, the Viking capital with its Nidaros Cathedral, where three Queens and seven Kings have been crowned.
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Sunday, November 16, 2014 • Torvik – Maloy – Floro – Bergen
Sail passing the mouth of Sognefjord, and the archipelago on the approach to Bergen. Arrive Bergen. Optional tour: Motorcoach guided tour past the picturesque alleys as well as Hakon's Hall, Rosenkrantz Tower, Maria Church and the Nordnes Peninsula. Explore the historic waterfront before dropping you at your hotel. Good insight on the city's history since its founding in 1070.
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Monday, November 17, 2014 • Bergen - Homeward
Depart for the Bergen airport and your flight homeward.